Effective international cooperation in collecting and sharing knowledge of ocean resources will be critical to realizing all aspects of the Blue Economy in the Indian Ocean region, particularly data on marine biodiversity, highlighted the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Mr. Michael W. Lodge, at the Third IORA Ministerial Conference held in Dhaka on 5 September.

IORA Ministerial Conference Group

Applications are now open for the International Seabed Authority (ISA) contractor training programme (2019-2020) for candidates from developing countries.

ISA is calling for Bachelor, Master and PhD graduates from a range of disciplines including zoology, marine biology, geology, geophysics, environment, law and marine/ocean policy to take part in on-land and at-sea placements, along with trainee fellowships, internships and professional development training (see full list below).


Senior governments officials and experts from Pacific Small Island Developing States (P-SIDS) of the four sponsoring States (Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga) convened at regional workshops held in Nauru and Kiribati, last week to boost the capacity of P-SIDS in marine scientific research and raise awareness of the legal aspects of deep seabed activities undertaken beyond national jurisdiction.

Kiribati Group

Initiating a series of visits in the Pacific region, the International Seabed Authority (ISA)’s Secretary-General Mr. Michael W. Lodge, met with the Prime Minister of Fiji, Mr. Frank Bainimarama, as well as other high-level officials to discuss the sustainable development of mineral resources in the international deep seabed area and the commitment of the Organization to ensure increased participation of Pacific Islands Developing States (P-SIDS) in its work. 


Heads of States and Government, ministers, former Secretary-Generals, United Nations officials and observers who attended the Special Commemorative Session of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Kingston on 25 July 2019 commended ISA on its efforts towards advancing the sustainable development of mineral resources for the benefit of all mankind over the last 25 years.

SG with Heads of State and Government

A special Session of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), which includes all 168 Members of ISA, will be held at the Jamaica Conference Centre on 25 July to commemorate ISA’s 25th anniversary.

The second edition of the Secretary General’s Award for Excellence in Deep-Sea Research will be held in the morning, followed by a high-level panel on capacity building co-chaired by H.E. Baron Waqa, President of Nauru.

25th Session Conference Room

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) Assembly opened its historic 25th Session in Kingston, Jamaica today, with High-level representatives from 72 countries commemorating ISA on its efforts towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and reflecting on ISA’s unique role as custodian of the common heritage of mankind.

Outgoing Assembly President Mariusz-Orion Jędrysek of Poland underscored that this year marks an important milestone for ISA, highlighting key objectives and challenges of the Assembly over the next 25 years.

President of the Assembly

Tonga Offshore Mining Limited (TOML) together with Estrutura de Missão para a Extensão da Plataforma Continental (EMEPC) of Portugal have donated a black smoker chimney to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Gallery in Kingston, Jamaica, ahead of ISA’s 25th Anniversary commemorative ceremony on 25 July 2019. 

Black Smoker Chimney

Part II of the 25th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Council opened in Kingston, Jamaica this week with a key focus on the development of the draft exploitation regulations for minerals in the international seabed area, along with other regulatory matters.

Representatives from Member States and Observers are gathered here from 15 to 19 July to carry out a first reading of the draft exploitation regulations for commercial deep seabed mining and continue discussions around the payment mechanism for mineral exploitations.

The Council

The 25th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Part II opens on 15 July with the ISA Council in Kingston, Jamaica, where Member States and Observers are set to commemorate ISA’s 25th Anniversary and continue their discussions around the draft exploitation regulations for commercial deep seabed mining in the international deep seabed area, amongst other matters. 


China this week presented the International Seabed Authority (ISA) with several pieces including models of research vessels and submersibles, for the Gallery established within the Secretariat of the Organization to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its existence.

Ambassador Tian Qi, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to ISA, handed the models over to the Secretary-General Mr. Michael W. Lodge at an official ceremony organized at the headquarters of ISA, in Kingston, Jamaica, on 25 June.  

SG and Tian Qi with model

Deep seabed mining has the potential to accelerate progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by increasing scientific knowledge of the deep ocean whilst at the same time providing opportunities for economic growth on the basis of fairness and equity , highlighted Mr. Michael W. Lodge, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) at the High-Level UN Global Compact meeting held in Oslo, Norway, last week.

Global Goals

The 2019 edition of World Oceans Day 2019 (WOD) was launched in Kingston, Jamaica, on 7 June with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Open Day, held in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) of Jamaica and the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).

World Ocean Day

High-level representatives from African States, international organizations and experts on law of the sea, policy, mining, environment protection and geology convened at a regional workshop from 16 to 18 May, organized in Pretoria by the International Seabed Authority (ISA), in partnership with the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

Group of People

Mr. Michael W. Lodge, Secretary General of ISA and Mr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of IOC-UNESCO

There has never been a time of greater promise or greater challenge for the future of our oceans. This is the topic on everyone’s minds as the international community gathers in Copenhagen this week for the first Global Planning Meeting for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).